Though it is widely accepted that more transparency in our governments equates to more openness and fairness, some have begun to view Freedom of Information laws more as a tool for negative media coverage rather than increased transparency. Many who once advocated for laws that increase citizens’ access to information have realized that transparency not only opens the doors to information for citizens, but to criticism by the media.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit will be held in London October 30 - November 1. OGP was created 2 years ago and strives to encourage transparency throughout the world through government reform. Representatives from civil society organization, businesses, and governments will meet to discuss the successes, issues, and future agenda of OGP. The London summit will also serve to welcome new countries, announce new themes, new multilateral partnerships, and a prize competition. Among the policy issues to be discussed:
Entre los gobiernos presentes en la instancia se cuentan Brasil, Argentina, Colombia, México y Chile, los cuales están negociando una Convención Internacional sobre ‘democracia ambiental’, para aplicar el Principio 10 de la Convención de Río, y fijar así una base institucional, administrativa y política sobre tres pilares: acceso a información, participación ciudadana y derecho a Justicia en materia medioambiental. El Gobierno chileno preside actualmente el proceso, que se encuentra en fase de negociación técnica.
RESULTS: Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) and Europe Exchange: Moving Forward to a LAC Convention on P10 Workshop
On July 30-31, The Access Initiative, in partnership with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Easter Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and through Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental (CEDA), Iniciativa de Acceso Mexico (IA-Mex) and World Resources Institute (WRI), hosted the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) and Europe Exchange: Moving Forward to a LAC Convention on P10 workshop in Quito, Ecuador. Additionally, the meeting included partners from 19 different countries across the Americas and Europe.